Update - ECE Education Support Fund

Due to unprecedented demand, the Education Support Fund has almost expended its budget for this year and will no longer be accepting bursary applications after October 11, 2019. This applies to both the ECE Bursary Program and the ECE Workforce Development Fund.

Since September 2018, the Fund has awarded more than 4,700 bursaries to help students with their ECE education goals. While this is a huge step towards meeting the growing demand for certified early childhood educators in BC, we recognize this news will be disappointing for some students.

ECEBC is currently working with the Ministry of Children and Family Development on next steps for this program, including an evaluation to gauge its impact on increasing the quantity and skill level of ECE professionals working in BC.

What does this mean for ECE students?
  1. Applications received before October 11, 2019 will be processed and prioritized with students who started their studies through this bursary program (since Sept 2018) and are applying for continued funding to complete their studies being given first priority.
  2. Any remaining applications will be waitlisted in case additional resources become available.
  3. Applications received after October 11 will not be processed.
  4. If you wish to be notified of any future changes to the status of the Education Support Fund, please email ECEBC at [email protected] include your name and email address in the body of the email.

If you have questions or require additional information, please contact the ECEBC team at [email protected] or visit our website at

The Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC), in partnership with the Province of British Columbia, has enhanced and expanded the ECE Bursary Program, now known as the ECE Education Support Fund. The program supports two bursaries

  1. The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Student Bursary Program; and
  2. The new ECE Workforce Development Bursary Fund Program

To learn more about the program read the ECE Bursary Guidelines.

The programs are designed to increase the number of students entering, re-establishing and graduating from recognized ECE post-secondary programs.

For a list of post-secondary education ECE programs recognized by the Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Registry, please click HERE

The ECE Education Support Fund is open to all BC ECE students enrolled in the below programs:

  • ECE Basic certificate
  • ECE Post - Basic certificates (Infant & Toddler and/or Special Needs)
  • ECE Diploma
  • ECE Bachelor



This program is open to all ECE students enrolled at an accredited ECE post-secondary institution. Students are eligible to receive up to $4,000 in funding per school semester.


The ECE Workforce Development Bursary Fund supports ECEs, ECE Assistants and Responsible Adults (as defined in the Child Care Licensing Regulation) currently working directly with children in a licensed child care setting to upgrade or complete ECE credentials. Up to $5,000 per semester is available for, but not limited to, tuition, books, tutoring, travel, and occasional child care costs.

What documents do I need to submit with the application?
A copy of your class schedule, proof of BC residency and either a Direct Deposit form or voided cheque are required to prove eligibility and facilitate payment.

Please read the ECE Bursary Guidlines for more details.

I am a Strong Start ECE employee, do I qualify under the ECE Workforce Development Bursary Fund?
Yes, as a Strong Start Facilitator you qualify for the Workforce Development Bursary.

Do I have to pay for the courses before I can apply for the bursary?
Yes. ECEBC will not approve an application without a class schedule.

Can I apply to receive both the ECE Student Bursary and the Workforce Development Fund Bursary?
No, you can not apply for both bursaries at the same time.

I own a licensed child care/RLNR program; do I qualify for funding under the ECE Workforce Development Bursary Fund?
If your facility is licensed under the Child Care Licensing Regulations and you are an ECE,ECE Assistant, or Responsible Adult you may apply for support under the Workforce Development Bursary Fund.

Owner/operators and LNRs that are not Registered do not qualify for the Workforce Development Fund but are eligible under the ECE Student Bursary program.

When can I apply for bursaries?
Please note that the end date of your courses will determine which semester you apply for.




Last Day for Registration

Transcripts Due


January – April

Classes that start and finish within this period will fall under the Winter semester

April 30

May 15

Classes that start within this period, but finish in May - August will fall under the Summer semester




May – August

Classes that start and finish within this period will fall under the Summer semester

August 31

September 15

Classes that start within this period, but finish in September - December will fall under the Fall semester




September – December

Classes that start and finish within this period will fall under the Fall semester

December 13

January 15

Classes that start within this period, but finish in January - April will fall under the Winter semester



Why does ECEBC ask for personal information?
SIN numbers and date of birth are necessary to issue T4A's as required by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA). Banking information allows for ECEBC to transfer funds electronically into your bank account. ECEBC does not issue cheques.

How will I know when the bursary funds have been deposited into my account?
You will be notified via email that the funds have been paid. Please allow at least 5 business days from the date of notification to allow funds to transfer.

Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia
309 - 515 West Pender Street ·  Vancouver, BC  V6B 1V5
Phone: (604) 709-6063 · Toll free: (800) 797-5602 · Fax: (604) 709-6077 · Email: [email protected]